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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Schweeet - Parker Omnium

As mentioned below, Hammerson, Redlight, I and a bunch of our decendants took a little trip over to Parker to check out the criterium stage of the three day, Parker Mainstreet Omnium. For the uninitiated, this was an event sanctioned by USA Cycling which meant that we were treated to some of the best riders in the United States. As spectators, we were treated to about 60 laps of teams including Health-Net, Jelly-Belly, Vitamin Cottage, Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team, TIAA-CREF, Navigators, Colavita-Sutter Home, Team Einstein's Cycling,Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada Pro Cycling and Rio Grande/Sports Garage Cycling Team to name a few.

It was incredible to see these dudes go as fast as they did. There were break-aways from the peloton, sprints and incredibly exciting racing. I found the "primes" especially excinting in that the racers would launch attacks to score a few extra($100, $500 & $1,000) bucks.

Also of note was this demonstration team that used modified mountain bikes. I can't remember what they were called but they weren't your mother's mountain bikes. For starters, they had no seats, the chain rings were no bigger than your fist, they had no suspension and really odd shaped handle bars. Check out the photo:

Yup, dude is pulling a wheelie about four feet off tera firma. It was an impressive demonstration of bike handleing skills. On top of that, the riders were really cool to all the kids and would do any trick they called out.
Including a wheelie for the camera.

All in all, this was such a cool event. After attending this great race, I am urging any reader of this blog to find a local event and go see it. This is our sports' version of Coors Field.


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